Introduction to UMR ECOSYS
Functional ecology and ecotoxicology of agroecosystems
The ECOSYS Joint Research Unit INRA/AgroParisTech is the result of the merger between the Environnement et grandes cultures (Environment and Arable Crops) Unit and the Physicochimie et écotoxicologie des sols d’agrosystèmes contaminés (Physical Chemistry and Ecotoxicology of the Soil of Contaminated Agrosystems) Unit, which were active up to 2014.
The work of the new ECOSYS unit aims to treat in an integrated way the functioning of agroecosystems and their relationship with the environment. Agroecosystems are created as a result of external constraints and drivers and internal ones.
To understand this functioning, the ECOSYS unit works with concepts of functional ecology and ecotoxicology, taking into account the flux of matter and energy and the functions of isolated organisms and the interaction with their environment.